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Out Now: QS Best Student Cities 2018

By Craig O

Updated March 4, 2021 Updated March 4, 2021

London has been crowned the best city in the world for students in the QS Best Student Cities 2018.

Released today, the cities ranking features the top 100 study abroad destinations around the world. They're ranked according to six different indicators: affordability, desirability, employer activity, student mix, student view and the performance of the universities within that city in university rankings. 

London has climbed two places since last year's ranking and performs particularly well for employer activity and university rankings. The city is home to 17 different universities which are ranked in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, with UCL (University College London) the highest-ranked of these.

Responding to the news, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Boasting more of the globe’s top universities and welcoming the most international students, London is the higher education capital of the world and I want to make sure it stays that way. People who come from abroad to study in London leave as ambassadors for our city, spreading the message that the capital is a fantastic place to live, work and visit.

"I’m saying loud and clear to the world that London is open as the best place to study, do business and innovate, and a city where all Londoners can take advantage of these opportunities."

Despite its table-topping performance, London struggled to compete with many other cities when it came to affordability. According to this year's ranking, the most affordable city for students is actually Budapest, in Hungary.

The rest of the top 10 student cities can be seen below.

Top 10 Student Cities: QS Best Student Cities 2018

Rank City Country
1 London United Kingdom
2 Tokyo Japan
3 Melbourne Australia
4 Montreal Canada
5 Paris France
6 Munich Germany
7 Berlin Germany
8 Zurich Switzerland
9 Sydney Australia
10 Seoul South Korea

This article was originally published in May 2018 . It was last updated in March 2021

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As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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